Summer Research Projects

The academic year is over, and after having taken a few days off, today is the day I launch into several really exciting and interesting projects. Following are summaries of each major project. Hopefully, writing about each of them on the blog throughout the summer will provide (1) a modicum of accountability to the anonymous […]

Understanding Designing

How can we achieve a deeper understanding of designing?  There are many ways to answer that question. We can achieve a deeper understanding by engaging in a design process, by reading about design, by critiquing designs (or designing)… all roads of inquiry lead hopefully to one thing: deeper understanding. Achieving one step closer to a […]

Normativity and Design

Story: During a debate about the future importance of design–but not Designers–an audience member raised her hand. She was a designer from Peru. “I have to interrupt,” she said, “because I sense that you’re ignoring the degree to which design is already happening in a substantive, vibrant way in, for example, Peru. Peru doesn’t need […]

New Research Questions | New Books

I acquired two new books yesterday afternoon. Hooked and Designing for Behavior Change. These are the first books on designing for change I’ve purchased since landing on an interesting (set of) question(s) that I suspect will carry me towards some excellent contributions to the field: What are the keystone attitudes and behaviors that, once cultivated, might have positive […]

Some Thoughts About Design

I’ve been thinking about a question put forth by people smarter than me about Design. John Heskett articulates it best: [Why has design] never cohered into a unified profession, such as law, medicine, or architecture, where a license or similar qualification is required to practice…? [1]  I’m wondering if an answer to this question isn’t […]

The Time Paradox

Please note: This is a more free-form brainstorming piece done in anticipation of a fuller paper surrounding a new idea in interaction design. Out of context, it may not translate well. I simply needed to get the idea out (publicly). The Time Paradox gave me an interesting Aha! moment. In its section on the benefits of […]

Is Clarity the Path to Enlightenment?

While revisiting the notes I jotted down when I read Buxton‘s Sketching User Experiences I stumbled across this line of text: Clarity is Not Always the Path to Enlightenment It’s the chapter heading for a few pages that describe the necessarily ambiguous nature of sketching as it pertains to design. I especially love one of the […]

Growth as a Designer

**reblog…I wrote this entry as part of a reflective journal in my first-semester graduate interaction design class at Indiana University‘s SOIC** Bill Moggridge’s book Designing Interactions was waiting on my desk when I got home tonight. After taking care of a few lingering project 4 tasks from the day — and after eating a late dinner — […]

What do designers do?

One of the tasks in my introductory design class is a weekly reflective journal. I got in the habit of keeping a study journal over the summer, and I think that this reflective journal is akin to a study journal. It’s more formal, though. And so I find myself approaching it like a short essay […]